By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Celina Jaitly: "Yes, I'll go on stage this New Year's Eve in London at the City Pavilion. In Mumbai, it's not the actresses who have cancelled their performances. It's the luxury hotels in Mumbai which have done away with New Years Eve shows. As for me, I won't be performing in London. I'll just be making an appearance. Although it'll be known as the Celina Jaitly night, Javed Ali (who has sung for A R Rahman in Jodhaa Akbar and Yuvvraaj) and Rishi Rich will perform. I'll just go on stage."
Priyanka Chopra: "It's a matter of personal choice. I'm not comfortable dancing at the New Year's event. But then I don't want to be judgmental about those who do. I've always tried to be different in my choices. This year I've said no, but some other year, if I'm presented with an interesting option and a concept then why not? I did perform at the Nelly Furtado's New Year concert two years ago.
Dia Mirza: "I've been getting offers to perform on New Year's Eve for years. But I've never been tempted. Honestly, the remuneration offered for such performances can weaken your resolve. But I've stuck my ground. So the answer to the offer of dancing at these year-end affairs remains a firm no. Performing on the 31st of December is a personal choice. I'd prefer to bring in the New Year with family and friends."
Malaika Arora: "Performing at a tacky event is a definite no-no. I can tell tacky from classy. The show organizers who look after their artistes well are Cineyug, Wizcraft, G.S. Entertainment (Bunty Walia) and Sohail Khan. I know for a fact that these guys would never be involved with anything tacky. This year I'm performing for Wizcraft in Singapore. I know they'll look after every detail including the artiste's security. If I'm uncomfortable with the milieu then the answer is no. I've performed at the Marriott and it was a wonderful experience and a lucrative deal."
Shilpa Shetty: "I'm not against dancing in a hotel for New Years. After all, what's the difference between dancing at an award Nite or at a New Years' event? I've danced on 31st December in the past. But this time, no thank you. I've got five different offers to dance this New Years. And at unheard-of prices. The fee was tempting. But sorry I wasn't tempted. This year I'm going on a family holiday to Spain for the New Year. I'd any day sacrifice any kind of money for the family ...Today being in a serious relationship and contemplating marriage I'm in a different mind space. I'd perhaps not be that enthusiastic about dancing at dos. But again, this is not a moral issue. Please! I repeat there's no difference between dancing at a mundan or a New Year's Eve function.
Koena Mitra: "I'd be lying if I said that security at a New Year's Eve performance is not a concern for me, after what happened to me last year (Koena was stalked and manhandled). Now as a rule, I double check the security. Having said that, like any artiste I love performing in front of a live audience. What better way to bring in the New Year?
Sophie Chodhry: "I hope to perform in Delhi this New Year's Eve. Although the general mood is gloomy, I truly feel that we should not allow fear to overpower us. Recession and then 26/11...we need to regain our strength and power. Of course we must not forget the lessons of 26/11. At the same time, we mustn't be afraid to live our normal lives. We need to begin 2009 on a happy and positive note."